Looking across the mountain tramway from an abandoned house in Gilman.
Cracked gauges have a certain quality that hearkens to movies, I think. One can imagine the gauges going off the scales before dramatically cracking, throwing glass right at the camera. This damage, however, is unfortunate vandalism.
The stairs that connect the breakwater and light station (Leica M6/Kodak Ektar).
Judging from old pictures and maps, raw ore was dumped through these hatches, stamped into a rough powder, and hastily sorted before sending the best ore to the mill. Mills charged by tons of rock sent to them, so it did not pay to send them obvious tails.
Looking at the engine house (left) from atop the stoves.
One leg of the headframe meets the hoist house. Two cranes are rusted in place.
Part of the Pillsbury tunnel that brought water back to the Mississippi River.
In the days when steam locomotives required immense amounts of water, water towers such as this served the rail line as crucial rail infrastructure. This specific tower was built in 1903 for Canadian Pacific and is one of the last of its kind. Inside is a giant cedar-lined tank with a 40,000 gallon capacity. Note the rails are gone, but the filler spout remains.
The Port Arthur elevator row, as seen from the edge of Fort William.